Posts Tagged ‘contact lens abuse’


Want Scary Eyes for Halloween? What You Need to Know About Decorative Contacts

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 
   

Halloween is a popular time for people to use decorative contact lenses. But most people do not know the sight-stealing consequences behind making these choices. Obtaining decorative lenses including colored contacts and novelty or costume lenses without a prescription is dangerous. Websites often advertise decorative contacts as if they were cosmetics, fashion accessories or toys, and their targets are often teens.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and its EyeSmart® public education program are warning parents and teens that purchasing any contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from a licensed eye care professional can cause serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to blindness. Even if someone has perfect vision, he or she needs to get an eye exam and a prescription in order to wear any kind of contacts, including cosmetic lenses.

What You Need to Know

  • It is illegal to sell decorative lenses without a prescription in the United States. Since 2005, the law has classified all contact lenses as medical devices and restricted their distribution to licensed eye care professionals.
  • See an eye care professional before using any decorative lenses: and ophthalmologist or optometrist must measure each eye in order to properly fit the contact lenses to the individual patient.
  • Lenses that are not properly fitted may scratch the eye or cause blood vessels to grow into the cornea (the clear covering of the front of the eye that is essential to seeing clearly).
  • Using any contact lenses obtained without an eye exam and prescription can lead to serious eye disorders and eye infections, which can ultimately cause permanent vision loss.
  • Contacts that are not cleaned and disinfected properly can cause painful and potentially serious infections.

Need more convincing? Check out the Academy’s 30- and 90-second public service announcement videos. If you have any questions about decorative contacts, just give South Georgia Eye Partners a call.

This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® program (www.geteyesmart.org).


Avoid Contact Lens Abuse

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 
   

Please do not intentionally overwear your contact lenses.  Eye care professionals help patients deal with the likely complications of this abuse everyday.  Potential repurcussions range from a mandated period of time without contact lens wear, to permanently impaired vision.
A new study found that many contact lens wearers in the United States do not follow the recommended replacement schedules for their lenses, making them vulnerable to a variety of eye infections.
The study examined 1,654 contact lens wearers in groups with different manufacturer-recommended replacement frequency (MRRF). It found that:

* 59 percent of two-week lens replacement silicone hydrogel wearers wore their lenses for a longer period of time.
* 29 percent of one-month replacement silicone hydrogel wearers wore them longer.
* 15 percent of daily disposable wearers wore them longer.

    Today’s economic environment may be one factor for the level of non-compliance: 26 percent of those who over-wore their lenses said they wanted “to save money” by wearing their contacts for longer periods. Fifty-one percent reported “forgetting which day to replace lenses.”
For 18 percent of participants, it was only “somewhat important” or “not important” to clean their lenses every day. And many took a casual view of lens case replacement, with 16 percent replacing it only once a year and 14 percent never replacing it.
Eye health is compromised without proper lens care and compliance with replacement schedules. Contact lens-related infections, ranging from pink eye to more serious conditions, can result from organisms that enter your eye from your fingers and become lodged under your lenses.

    This study was conducted by the Centre for Contact Lens Research and the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in collaboration with David B. Sarwer, PhD, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.